Review: Sammy Adams in concert at the UAF SRC
By Zayn Roohi and Wyatt J. Wilcher
Last Friday night, April 24, the SpringFest Sammy Adams concert was perhaps what you would expect out of a giant college hip-hop party; the rapper was just as drunk as the majority of the 736 people in the audience.
Sammy Adams’ opening act, DJ Spencer Lee, played hip-hop remixes of regurgitated popular songs, including Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” However, the originality both Spencer Lee and Sammy Adams lack, they certainly make up for in enthusiasm.
Following a nearly two hour intro which consisted of YouTube remixes of radio songs, Sammy Adams took the stage. He freestyled, rhyming Alaska with Nebraska.
He then went on to rap for 90 minutes, periodically stopping to ask questions about the “white bitches” in the audience, among other derogatory comments.
Sammy Adams’ performance live has all of the same elements as his music on his albums. Those elements would be that his music is simple, yet somewhat optimistic. Despite this party atmosphere that Adams’ music provides, it is still very generic. Songs like “Waste,” from his latest album “Homecoming,” sound almost exactly the same on the album. Adams does nothing to improvise his songs live. In fact, all of the backing music is made through a computer, making for an experience that is incredibly manufactured-sounding.
Close to the end, Adams fell off the stage, saying someone tried to pull his watch off and he fell trying to stop them. He recovered his watch from his wrist, and the thief was never found.
After an impressively decent song about his best friend who died four years before, he asked if anyone would “be willing to suck my dick under the aurora.” Quite a few people reacted to this with screams, and some tried to get over the barrier.
He finished up the concert with his most well known song, “All Night Longer.” At a couple points during the show, he even jumped in the crowd and rapped while in the crowd. Before the song “Dark Horse,” Adams went into a rant about the cops.